Monday, January 26, 2009

Co Enzyme Q-10 in Eye Creme

Co Enzyme Q-10 is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are widely known in the medical and cosmetic world for their ability to heal and protect the skin and body. The outermost layer and largest organ of our bodies, the skin is continuously and unavoidably exposed to damaging environmental factors such as pollutants, smoke and the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Photo-damaging and the deterioration of the skin’s natural defensive barriers and elasticity by constant exposure to pollution and free radical activity in skin contribute heavily to premature aging.

I suggest using an eye creme with Co Enzyme Q-10. Use morning and before bed to ensure you are doing all you can in your efforts to prevent early signs of aging!

I suggest: Norabloom Botanicals Evening Primrose Eye Creme

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Mineral Makeup

It is no secret that MINERAL MAKEUP is all the rage! First and foremost it provides broad spectrum sunscreen protection. You can use the loose mineral powders instead of heavy, greasy sunscreen moisturizers. I advise my clients to mix some of the mineral loose powders with their regular daily moisturizer and create a tinted moisturizer. You get just the right amount of coverage plus it is versatile.

Minerals are concentrated pigments, while being free of synthetic ingredients. You are doing your skin a favor by sticking to your regular face creme/moisturizer then adding minerals. The finish is flawless to offer a natural believable look.

To amplify your look...finish with a light nude lip gloss and mascara. :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Petroleum in Cosmetics

The world is full of products that come from petroleum. For example, gasoline, styrofoam, lubricating oils, and many other items are all derivatives of this raw material. How are petroleum and cosmetics related? The two seemingly unrelated items, petroleum and cosmetics, are indeed closely related in our world.

Mineral oil and petroleum are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products today. Both mineral oil and petroleum have the same origins in fossils fuels. Cosmetics such as foundations, cleansers, and moisturizers often contain mineral oil. By locking moisture against the skin, mineral oil sits on the skin’s surface and can potentially block pores. This may cause the appearance of pimples because the skin cannot properly ‘breathe’.

A popular chemical additive that carries moisture in cosmetics is propylene glycol. It is also a derivative of petroleum. Past research links propylene glycol to serious health problems as liver and kidney damage as well as respiratory irritation or nausea if swallowed.

Skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into the bloodstream. Today, hormone therapy treatments and smoking cessation medications are often prescribed as patches that you apply directly to the skin. The medication passes through the skin and directly enters the bloodstream. -Organic Beauty